If you’re writing a paper or assignment that requires citations, adding them to your document can sometimes be more difficult than it should be. If you’re using Google Docs, though, there’s no need to worry because the process of adding citations to your documents is super easy. Here’s how to do it in three quick steps!
Adding a Citation
If you’re writing a paper or document that requires citations, you can easily add them using the Research tool in Google Docs. Here’s how
1) Click on the Research button.
2) Select Citations from the list of options that appears on the left-hand side of your screen.
3) Enter the information for each citation into its corresponding field on this page (author, title, date published).
4) Double-check your work by clicking Show preview.
5) When you are finished, click Done.
6) You’ll see a summary of your citations at the bottom of the page. You can choose whether or not to include these in your paper by checking off Include these citations in my paper. If you want to make changes before adding them to your document, click Edit next to the citation number.
Adding an Image as a Reference
When you’re writing a paper, it’s important to give credit where credit is due. Citing your sources shows that you’ve done your research and helps to avoid plagiarism. Click on the Insert Image icon in the toolbar at the top of the document. You’ll see an option for inserting a URL or uploading an image file from your computer. Once you click on this, you’ll see options for setting the size of the image in pixels or percent of page width/height. You can also set the alignment to left, center, or right. If you want to add another reference to an image later on in your document, just click on Insert again under the heading Citations. A new line will appear below with the same URL, File Name, Size, and Alignment fields as before. To insert a citation beneath an existing one, first select the text immediately after the citation line you want to replace (make sure not to include any spaces), then press CTRL+C (or right-click) > CTRL+V (or Paste). The format should automatically be updated for you when pasting with either CTRL+C or CTRL+V.
Navigating the References Page
If you’re working on a research paper or other document that requires citations, you can use the References page in Google Docs to quickly add them. Here’s how
1) Open your doc, then click the menu button at the top left of your screen (looks like 3 lines stacked vertically).
2) Choose Insert Reference from the drop-down menu.
3) A list of citation styles will appear on your screen. Click Chicago Manual of Style if this is what you need for your project. You’ll now see a new window with options to enter your book title, author name, publication date, and more. Fill out these fields with the appropriate information for each citation you need.
4) Once all of your references are complete, click Save & Close at the bottom right corner of the window.
If you’re using Google Docs to write a paper or report, you may need to add citations. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to do this using footnotes. Here’s how:
- Place your cursor where you want the citation to appear.
- Click Insert > Footnote.
- Type in the citation information (e.g., author, title, page number).
- Click Insert.
- That’s it! You can now move on with your document without interruption by clicking anywhere else in the document. And if you ever change your mind about that footnote, just click anywhere else in the footnote text, then click Edit > Delete.